SUN October Monthly Meeting —Education Focus
Tuesday, October 16
**Attention: parents of elementary school and middle school age children, community members interested in strong public schools, and veteran advocates for this community’s schools**
Stapleton United Neighbors (SUN) will host an education forum during its regularly scheduled outreach meeting on Tuesday, October 16 from 6:30 to 7:40 at Central Park Rec Center. The primary focus of this forum will be giving residents the opportunity to learn more about the process for establishing a new middle school in Stapleton, the candidate middle school programs, and continued assurance of full support for the build out of Northfield High School.
Leadership from Northfield High School will present an update about capacity, programming, and campus culture.
Scheduled speakers include representatives from each of the three schools that have submitted a letter of interest (Denver Green School, Beacon Middle School, and High Tech ECE-8) and representatives of Denver Public Schools. Please join SUN and other interested community members in championing for children.
The SUN board meeting will be held from 7:45-8:45pm.
Three DPS Town Halls about the New Middle School
Denver Public Schools (DPS) is hosting three town halls across the Greater Park Hill-Stapleton region on the topic of the new middle school to learn about what aspects of a school families and students find important.
Each of three DPS meetings will be from 5:30 to 7pm:
- Monday, October 1, Northfield High School,
- Tuesday October 2, at Central Park Recreation Center
- Wednesday October 3, at Park Hill Elementary
SUN Committee Updates
SUN’s monthly board meeting was cancelled in September as the third Tuesday conflicted with the start of Yom Kippur. Committee work continues, with active groups meeting to further SUN’s support for inclusivity and diversity, improving and fine-tuning community communication, education, and sustainability. Monthly outreach meetings begin focused on safety with updates from Stapleton’s Denver Police Community Resource Officer (DPD-CRO), and frequently the Lieutenant for this community.
Stapleton’s participation in the City & County of Denver’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, in just over six months, has had the goal of connecting people and building community in and out of Stapleton while promoting sustainability. Successes include: 250 reusable grocery bags distributed at the MLK/Havana King Soopers, removing 19 garbage bags of trash (and a suitcase) from the Sand Creek Regional Greenway, a pollinator basics course hosted by The Urban Farm at the Sam Gary Branch Library, a Community Day of Reflection on the topic of Benjamin Stapleton’s life and legacy moderated by Colorado’s State Historian Patty Limerick, and a new-renter outreach campaign at five Stapleton apartment complexes. Having earned 81 credits, such a pace will surpass the year one goal of 100 credits. Planned fall projects include tree planting in Central Park and a movie & dinner fundraiser. Successes are only possible because of engaged residents willing to give of themselves and take action. Thank you to all that have participated. The continued support of motivated residents is needed for this program to grow. With an idea for a project or if in need of more information on how to get started, please email SUNsustainability@gmail.com and follow @snpStapleton on Facebook.
Stapleton United Neighbors is the Registered Neighborhood Organization for the Stapleton neighborhood in Denver. The volunteer SUN board is dedicated to promoting community engagement. SUN’s mission is to work for the betterment of the Stapleton neighborhood and the City and County of Denver by providing a forum for the residents living within the boundaries of SUN to discuss and resolve issues, a network of communication, and a means of acting on matters of importance to the community as a whole.
Follow SUN on Facebook for the most current neighborhood news and event information: @stapletonunitedneighbors
Visit SUN’s website to sign up for email updates and learn more about how SUN can advocate for the community: www.stapletonunitedneighbors.com
In 2019, SUN’s monthly meetings could change location. Please be sure to check SUN’s website and facebook page for these details before the January 2019 meeting.